After 24 years in the Royal Navy, most of the time leading teams fault finding and maintaining electronics in radars, sonars, computers and missile systems I left to become a Quality Engineer and Manager for one of the RN’s major manufacturers for the following 22 years.
Throughout that second period I had great fun as Scout Leader to 2nd Waterlooville Lion Troop organising and running a regular Monday evening programme and multiple camps and other similar activities.
The enjoyment came mostly from sharing that scouting experience with my best friend the late Roy Grayson (Tower Captain at St John the Baptist Purbrook).
When we retired from scouting Roy went back, after a 40 year break, to ringing and of course it wasn’t long before I followed him to find something that has everything from a great social life to an excellent means of keeping both brain and body on its toes.
I also volunteer in the junior school I left in 1951, working in the library, helping in the classroom when asked and helping the children run the school savings bank.
I hope I may be able to use some of my experience as a positive contribution to my role as a Central Council Rep.
As the new Honorary Guild treasurer, I would like to introduce myself with a brief paragraph.
I learnt to ring many years ago in Devon but, like a lot of ringers, had a ‘break’ when other things seemed to get in the way. However, I resumed ringing when I came to live in Burghclere, near Newbury, and have been tower captain there, as well as Treasurer for the Andover District, for the last few years. I would describe my ringing as more ‘Sunday service’ than ‘peal board’ but like to think that ringers of all abilities can play their part in the Guild community.
As a retired chartered accountant, I have been encouraged to take on the role of Guild Treasurer as Mike Bubb steps down after a fantastic 30 years in the post. I know I have a very hard act to follow, but trust that members will bear with me while I get to grips with the job.
I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me, as well as to reach out to those of you whom I either know, or our paths have crossed as ‘nodding acquaintances’ from time to time at Guild events.
I have been a member of the Guild for around 25 years, as member of St Michael’s church in Basingstoke where I have in the recent past held various positions including Tower Captain for 5 years, Steeple Keeper and Treasurer.
For me, the pleasure of ringing is not only self satisfaction, but also to help others to develop their skills in the tower. Within my own tower this may include bespoke practices to benefit learners specific requirements, quarter peals to give them the opportunity to both learn a method well and to enjoy the reward of achievement, and generally supporting all of the ringers in their goals and ambitions.
I am now seeking to spread my wings a little in support of the Guild and would like to offer my services as Vice Master at the upcoming elections. Personally, I look forward to learning a little more about the Guild, meeting and supporting its membership and working with the executive committee and sub committees to carry on the excellent work of the outgoing team.
Proposed by: Andy Ingram
Seconded: Tim Pink
Having previously been involved in the Education Committee, I would like to see each Guild member have the opportunity to progress their skills. While many districts do support this aim, I believe the meeting of individuals all striving together has a way of developing long term friendships across district boundaries and sharing knowledge.
One area where we rely on the goodwill of individuals, in the form of District Officers, Tower Captains, Tower Correspondents or Tower contacts, is in passing information. I would like to see a Guild database of contact emails so each member can receive their District and Guild information directly, with options to avoid unwanted emails.
I would like to see the development of the Guild Action Plan with regular input from the Guild members as it develops and grows.
For more information about the Guild Officer Posts which are coming up for election on the 2nd of July at the AGM, please read Viv’s article. To nominate candidates please contact Mo Routh any time up to and including AGM day.